Culbertson, Robert (DNB00)

CULBERTSON, ROBERT (1765–1823), Scottish divine, was born at Morebattle, Roxburghshire, on 21 Sept. 1765, and educated in the parish school of that village, Kelso grammar school, and Edinburgh university. He took license in the Anti-burgher Secession church, and became pastor of the Associate Congregation of St. Andrew's Street, Leith, in 1791. In 1805 he was chosen clerk of the Associate Presbytery of Edinburgh. He died at Leith on 13 Dec. 1823.

Besides many articles in the ‘Christian Magazine,’ of which he was one of the editors, he wrote: 1. ‘Hints on the Ordinance of the Gospel Ministry,’ 1800. 2. ‘Vindication of the principles of Seceders on the head of Communion,’ 1800. 3. ‘The Covenanter's Manual, or a short illustration of the Scripture doctrine of Public Vows,’ 1808. 4. Several single sermons, one of which, on the death of Princess Charlotte and her infant son, is entitled ‘The Pillar of Rachel's Grave, or a tribute of respect to departed worth,’ 1817. 5. ‘Lectures expository and practical on the Book of Revelation,’ new edit. called ‘Lectures with practical observations on the Prophecies of John,’ Edinb. 1826, 8vo, with the author's portrait, engraved by J. Horsburgh. The second and third volumes of these lectures appeared originally at Edinburgh in 1817.

[Memoir prefixed to Lectures; Evans's Cat. of Engraved Portraits, No. 14784; Watt's Bibl. Brit.]

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